How to check your swing path video
There are very few golfers, even at the highest level of the game, who can boast a perfect swing path. It is also true to say that there are plenty of examples of players who have reached the top of the world game without having a textbook swing plane.
And whilst I certainly wouldn’t want you to become preoccupied with ‘placing’ the club in the right position during the swing, I do think it’s a good idea to use this drill from time-to-time to ensure you aren’t straying too far from the right line.
This simple drill explains how to check your swing path and will help you feel the correct positions at various points throughout the swing, to get the club more on plane.
Find an old club, stick an alignment aid in the end and then place two clubs on the ground parallel to your target line.
Take your normal address position and then slowly swing back. Stop halfway back – the stick should be parallel to the clubs on the ground.
Then continue swinging – the end of the stick should point to the clubs on the ground as you make your way to the top of the backswing and as you start down.
Halfway through the downswing the alignment stick should be parallel to the shafts on the ground.
As I mentioned, you are unlikely to be on the perfect line every time you swing but using this drill occasionally will help you stay on track for more consistently accurate shots. If your swing plane changes and you start to get very flat or very steep, this is when poor shots will come in so this drill is great to use at certain points in the season. The benefit for your long game will be huge!
If, when you reach the top of your backswing, the alignment stick is pointing well to the left or the right of the shafts on the ground, you will have problems squaring the clubface at impact.
If you are a long way out here, some timely advice on how to fix the issue from your local pro is a very sensible move.
Shot on location at Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Turkey by Tom Miles